Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week from this Thursday?
Since it’s always a good idea to reflect on the virtue of gratitude – or to talk with your children about the meaning behind the holiday – Focus on the Family’s parenting team has put together a free resource that will help your family prepare for our national day of thanks.
The “7 Days of Gratitude” week-long devotional is designed to help children (and their parents!) develop “an attitude of gratitude.” Because the reality is, creating a thankful heart takes practice. It’s a skill that must be worked on.
And that’s what our “7 Days of Gratitude” resource will help your family do, through stories, discussion starters and questions, as well as ideas on how to serve one another. The resource also includes a placemat daily activities and quotes that can be laminated and used week after week.
Because gratitude can be the foundation to other important character traits, it’s our hope that this resource will result in many rich dividends for your family.
“Gratitude opens up the opportunity for kindness, love, respect, and forgiveness, and creates peacefulness,” says Danny Huerta, Focus’ vice president of parenting and youth. “C.S. Lewis, among many others, have found gratitude to be central to their heart’s receptivity of God’s salvation, provision and times of wilderness in their lives. For this reason, it’s my hope that parents will use this resource to help develop their children’s ability to really be thankful at a heart level.”
I agree, Danny. I hope so, too.
And if you have any suggestions on how to develop a sense of thankfulness in children, I’d love to hear them! Let me know what’s worked for your family in the comments, below.